I can’t believe that this is the first time I’ve read a Philip Roth. It’s not exactly controversial to say this – I mean the guy has won two Pulitzer Prizes – but he writes beautifully. Every sentence feels like it was perfectly crafted. Every time I’d sit down to read, I felt like I […]Read more "American Pastoral – Philip Roth: Thoughts"
I’d never read a Gabriel Garcia Marquez. And, sadly, I confess that the only reason I’d had a sudden urge to do so is because I’d heard that he’d died. So it was with a mixture of regret and a compulsion to set right the wrongs of my literary past that I stole into my […]Read more "Clandestine in Chile: Thoughts"
I started this year by pledging that I would challenge myself in my reading. Not just by reading books by classic authors, or of varying length – that was a hurdle that I jumped over whilst I had a few months to myself in Africa (#humblebrag) – but by mixing up both the style and […]Read more "The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro"